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an antimuslim video. let's get right to the breaking report right now. barbara starr is at the pentagon. you've been breaking this. tell us what you're learning tonight about david petraeus' testimony on benghazi. >> i've spoken to a source close to petraeus, directly familiar with petraeus' thinking on this matter. petraeus, we are told, wants to go to the hill, set the record straight and tell everything he knows. he will start by saying indeed that he knew almost immediately after that it was ansar al sharia, but there was also confusion. he had about 20 intelligence reports linking the attacks to that video, that anti-islamic video. those reports were disproven, but not until after he had briefed capitol hill. all of this took some time to sort out. that's what he wants to lay out tomorrow. >> and barbara, if he knew, and i know you're saying there were conflicting reports, which we have heard before, but if he knew and he's going to say he knew almost immediately it was the work of an al qaeda link ed militia, can he explain why susan right went on five talk shows and was very clear? >>
. joining me is barbara starr and intelligence correspondent, suzanne kelly. welcome back to you both. every night i say right off the top, can any of us get our heads round this and how much more ridiculous can it get, and lo and behold, it gets more ridiculous. barbara starr, let's try and get to what we believe to be the facts behind all the kind of lurid, titillating headlines. a second general today, petraeus' successor in afghanistan, general john allen, a marine corps four star general, current nominee to be the new nato supreme allied commander, so a very big fish indeed in the military. he is apparently at the center of a scandal involving 30,000 documents, all pages or e-mails or whatever that he exchanged with this second woman, the other other woman, jill kelley. what do we know about the content of this? because it's not as simple as simply 30,000 e-mails, right? >> well, that's the real question. what's really involved here. the spin machine is in full cycle on this one. the pentagon says it's about 30,000 pages of documents. they may not all be e-mails, but a good portion of t
is with us from washington. intelligence correspondent and barbara starr at the pentagon. a lot of angles to get to. bob, let me begin with you. first of all, are you surprised that this man is sending his resignation to the president because of cheating on his wife? what do you make of that in. >> i'm surprised of two things. i was hearing rumors he was going to leave over benghazi that cia was going to take the fall for that fight down there and he was supposed to go to princeton, as i understood, as president. secondly, i'm surprised is cia directors rarely leave under a marital scandal like this. it just doesn't happen. the scandals like this do happen at the cia but they are kept quiet. people leave for family reasons or whatever to move on. i'm completely surprised this -- the whole thing is -- there's a big story behind it. >> okay. you sound perplexed. you sound like there could be more there but we don't yet yet as the fewee details are eking out. if you were surprised he would be stepping down because of simply an extramarital affair. wolf blitzer brought up the point whoever he
decision for this not to be released to the media until after the election. i'll turn to barbara starr, if i may. >> piers, i think this is the key question in front of everybody. how extraordinary would it be that you have this type of fbi investigation into the cia director and the president is not informed about it? this seems to really beg disbelief at the moment. the word is circulating that the president was not aware, that only once petraeus came to him, but it really seems to beg belief that someone in the white house didn't know that the fbi didn't inform the white house in some fashion. and the other question is, of course, capitol hill is to be informed immediately when there is something of this stature that would affect them. however it comes out at the end of the day, the cia director and the president doesn't know -- maybe not. >> it almost begs belief that we all simply woke up this morning that the white house was told yesterday, and david petraeus who had been investigated by the fbi for a length of time that we don't quite know yet how long that was, this all just ha
contributor, and barbara starr, pentagon correspondent. in terms of the increasingly sophisticated rockets being used, where are they coming from? where are they being smuggled in from? >> they're coming from egypt through tunnels under the desert. most of the components for the rockets are from iran. iran has been building up hamas's capabilities for two decades now. they're getting more and more sophisticated. some of the smaller weapons are being smuggled the same way, but they're coming from places like libya. so there's multiple sources. and i think what we're seeing with the weaponry from hamas, it's getting better and better. >> reporter: and ben, you've spent a lot of time here. you've been to rocket-making factories, as we discussed at the top of the program, but the technology of how the rockets are being fired has changed. >> reporter: yes. before what they were doing was these quick launches. they had three minutes just on to set up the rocket, light it and leave. aiming really didn't come into it. now they have automated remotely controlled launching systems that are buried un
. the jackie calmes of the "new york times" and jerry seib and cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr. i'm candy crowley, and this is "state of the union." >>> good morning from washington. with all the intrigue of a bond film, i stealthy general david petraeus arrive and left capitol hill. behind closed doors they heard him. >> his testimony today was that from the start he had told us that this was a terrorist attack. >> it was testimony that seemed to challenge white house explanations of who knew what when about the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya that killed four americans. joining me is missouri senator roy blunt and mare marry congressman doug coopersburger. thank you for joining us. let's start off with the last point, and that is when you all listened to general petraeus, was he saying something different than the white house was saying in the days after benghazi about what it was, what the attack was about? sfoo well, when he came before our committee, he said really the same thing that he said september the 14th. i think on september the 14th, though, when you walked awa
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starr in washington. barbara? >> the big concern here in washington is a ground war in gaza. there is growing concern that israeli troops and tank forces might cross the border and move into gaza. that is the major escalation that the u.s. does not want to see. so, the calculation now is, what does it take to make hamas stop its rocket attacks into israel and israel feel comfortable enough with that to pull back on the air strikes and pull back on any ground forces that it is assembling near the gaza border. there has been a lot of diplomacy going on. defense secretary leon panetta traveling in asia, calling the israeli defense minister barack. secretary of state hillary clinton firing up the diplomatic phone lines calling israel, turkey and jordan. randi? >> barbara starr in washington, thank you. as you can see, cnn has every angle covered on this story. >>> much more ahead this hour. here's a look at what we have coming up. >>> on the brink of war. as fighting escalates between israel and hamas, experts say there will likely be a lot more bloodshed before the violence sto
're going to have more on that in a moment. but first, we go to our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. she has more on this developing story, breaking headline after headline today. barbara, where is general allen right now? what is his reaction to these allegations of potentially inappropriate e-mails? >> reporter: well, erin, general allen is said to be here in washington. in fact, he flew here from afghanistan, because on thursday he was supposed to have that senate confirmation hearing to become the military head of nato, all of that now on hold. sources close to general allen have told our own nick paton walsh that allen says he did not have an affair with jill kelley, a pentagon official has also said directly that general allen denies any affair, any extra marital involvement with jill kelley. but look, erin. the reality here is, defense secretary leon panetta ordered up a full-blown inspector general investigation, and a lot of people around the pentagon say leon panetta wouldn't have done that unless there was something that needed to be looked into. >> and barbara, what's yo
barbara starr has been talking to her sources to find out what the former cia director will say tomorrow. she joins me now. barbara, you have new information on what members can expect to hear tomorrow from petraeus as he talks to members about the attacks. what do you know? >> reporter: well, good evening, anderson. that's right, i've spoken to a source who is directly familiar with petraeus' thinking, what he's planning to try and say on capitol hill tomorrow. he wants to testify, he wants to clear up any, what he believes are misrepresentations of what he has said in the past and what he thinks really happened in benghazi. first up, this source says that petraeus will acknowledge that he knew quite quickly immediately afterwards that it was sharia, that libya al qaeda sympathizer group, that was responsible for it. but they had some conflicting information. he also had some 20 reports that it might have been related to that riot that broke out in cairo just before the attack regarding that anti-islamic film. there had been rioting in egypt and of course, this is the contradictory thre
be honest. >> barbara starr, can you clear up what we should make of this? >> i think i'm going to vote with suzanne. i don't know. it's florida. maybe wothey're sending picture of themselves on the beach. the tawdriness grows by the hour. you might think it's hollywood but the circles of power in washington, what on earth has been going on? >> what is extraordinary about this, we're seeing pictures today of jill kelley there leaving her home, what is extraordinary and slightly more sinister and serious, i think, is what happened after this fbi agent reportedly got bounced off the case, because it would appear that he then went to a congressman to report what had happened in the belief that it may now get covered up and that that congressman then took things forward and went higher and at that point, the genie was out of the bottle. it could have been that if he hadn't been sending shirtless pictures and hadn't been laid off the case, he would never have gone higher and this genie could have stayed in the bottle. >> right. that's still going to be one of the unanswered questions, piers.
on the scandal that keeps getting bigger and more bizarre, cnn's pentagon correspondent barbara starr and intelligence correspondent, suzanne kelly. welcome back to you both. >> thank you. >> when we talked on friday night, it was all just breaking and it seemed a relatively straightforward scandal but none of us thought it would stay that way, and sure enough, tonight, a really bizarre twist. it's not john kerry possibly becoming defense secretary, nothing bizarre about that at all. what is bizarre is this revelation in the "wall street journal" and it's reported there, we haven't independently corroborated this, that apparently the fbi agent originally detailed to investigate this scandal ended up sending shirtless pictures of himself to this other woman, the other other woman. suzanne kelly, where do we even start with this? >> i don't know. you know, after doing this story like pretty much nonstop for four days, i keep thinking that we might be finding out the last sort of crazy detail and another one crops up. i have a feeling that's going to continue to happen for a couple more
hill. barbara starr is live at the piers morgan and, dana, i want to begin with you. we heard from one of the lawmakers in the house committee at one of those stakeouts when the first round of questioning began and the suggestion was that it was tough. can you enlighten us? >> that's right. we were told by democrats and republicans coming out and of course this is a classified briefing so there is only so much they can say, but they it talking and they talked about the fact that, yes, there were tough questions asked of david petraeus and the most important question or most important issue and barbara starr reported this yesterday going in that a source close to petraeus was saying that he really wanted to try to clear up the fact that he was here and he, petraeus was here, in the days after the attack and apparently according to some lawmakers seemed to suggest much more that it was the result of a demonstration after this anti-muslim video ran in the middle east and he wanted to clear up the fact that, no, it is not the only thing there was, there was another stream of intelligence t
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